Below is more information about the shows in the Astronomy 2 Showcase.

Extrasolar Planets

Extrasolar still image from film.

We live on a small planet that revolves around a star that is no different in size, luminosity, or location, than any other. It is just one among many. Are the planets that orbit our star what distinguish it from the others? Are there also extrasolar planets that revolve around other stars? If that was the case, could it be that there are inhabitable worlds like Earth? We may find our neighbors somewhere out there, forms of life very alien to us, but they will be proof that we are not alone in the depths of the cosmic ocean. (runtime 31 minutes)

Dark Universe

Dark Universe still image from film.

The American Museum of Natural History’s latest space show celebrates a new age of cosmic discovery as well as its deepest mysteries. Dark Universe features spectacular scenes of recent spacecraft, such as the Galileo probe’s breathtaking plunge into Jupiter’s atmosphere, the most accurate visualizations ever produced, such as a Milky Way galaxy spangled with exploding supernovas, and novel renderings of hotly discussed phenomena, like dark matter.  (runtime 26 minutes)

Space School

Space School still image from film.

From a habitat hidden deep underwater in Florida, to the world’s most amazing swimming pool, dive into the underwater world of outer space! Space School is the incredible story of how astronauts train underwater to live and work in space. From microgravity simulation at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab, to living under the sea at Aquarius Reef Base, astronauts spend a lot of time training underwater. Space School is a fascinating and beautifully filmed live-action fulldome film produced by the Emmy Award-winning team that produces Jonathan Bird's Blue World.  (runtime 25 minutes)